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and during the deadly attack in benghazi. >> heather: peter doocy in washington, thanks. >> gregg: last of the newtown school shooting victims has been laid to rest. hour earns attended services for three children. eight days after the gunman killed 26 women and children. since then, more than $2.6 million worth of condolences have poured into the official memorial fund. >> heather: gun control debate heating up in the wake of the connecticut school shooting, national rifle association bribing go silence yesterday. critics slamming for suggesting them that armed police officers should be placed in every school in america. rick levanthol has a fair and balanced look at the argument. >> a number of viewers bill clinton made a similar proposal back in april of 2000 one year after the columbine shootings. pop warner football pledged $60 million in a fifth refund of founding for the is cops and schools in program placing hundreds of police officers in hundreds of public school when the assault weapon ban was in place 12 years ago. it hasn't stopped critics slamming the nra calling the group'
.s. consulate in benghazi. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans were killed that day. the panel finding security in benghazi was grossly inadequate to cope with the attack, that washington ignored repeated requests to beef up personnel, and ultimately a lack of transparency, responsiveness and leadership senior levels both this washington and in libya. alise, what do you make of this report. a lot of these findings we've been talking about for a very long time. >> that's right, but also in the last few months, there's been so much politicization of this attack, especially with these talking points and the whole issue of susan rice, ambassador susan rice and what she said about whether there was a protest. this report didn't find that there was a protest, but it also kind of really is the first look at what went wrong, a kind of very sobering look i'd say of what went wrong. and they said that basically the state department and the embassy in libya kind of missed the warning signs that there was an imminent attack coming. there wasn't a specific threat, but a lot of attacks on ot
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and what it makes for the investigation of the attack on benghazi. >> dave: some are hearing that democrats want to use more tax dollars to reduce spending. we'll have the details ahead. >> we are live in time square. they are setting up the barricade and barriers out there. more on that . maria molina is down there am she is tiny amongst the sky scrapers. "fox and friends" begins right now. ♪ ♪ "fox and friends". ♪ it is nice and calm and in a few hours it will be bonkers. >> you have been down on the crazy evening. what time do they get down there? >> they start in the afternoon. they have everything in the gates carrolls -- carols and you can't go anywhere . >> adult diapers. >> pretty much. we talked about it earlier. >> it is new year's eve . if you are partying, time squares just at home we have your cure for the hang over and what you should drink and what you should not drink. >> a whole table. >> peter: i went and bought myself aspargus . what it can do to prevent a hang over. >> first, it is it the final day of the year. we can't really celebrate yet the way we would like to
gets down to business over president's gun control initiative. this morning's benghazi hearings, hillary clinton is grounded by her doctors did. the fiscal cliff vote. >>> and buzz lightyear likes space suits. >>> starting with a full-blown winter storm that could dump as much as a foot of snow in some areas. eight states have already issued blizzard warnings, almost ens e ensuring a white christmas for many parts of the country as the storm continues moving east. if that's not enough, more storms are forecast for next week. we'll have bill karins full forecast coming up. >>> as time runs out for lawmakers hammering out a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, house republicans are sweetening a backup plan to gain more gop support. the president is vowing a veto even as hangups and negotiations threaten to keep him in town or delay his hawaiian vacation yet again this year. the irs estimates as many as 100 million tax returns could be delayed if no deal is struck by january 1st. >>> nbc's tracie potts joins us now from washington to break it all down. good morning. what's happening in
leaders demanding answers why the consulate in benghazi was so vulnerable on september 11th. that is when terrorists attacked the compound and filled four americans including ambassador chris stevens. catherine herridge with the very latest from the capitol hill. what is the headlines this morning, catherine? >> reporter: thank you, jon and good morning. two themes really many donated at this morning's hearing. first of all we had 18 independent reviews before called accountability review boards. senators questioned whether any of them have been fully implement and and whether this one about benghazi would be any different. second of all the witnesses were pressed on a number of very specific warnings that went from libya up to the state department here in washington that this consulate could notwithstand a coordinated attack from terrorists. fox news was first to report on a emergency meeting in benghazi in august which people on the ground essentially predicted the way would die a month later. one senator said this morning that despite these warnings no action was taken. >> you were awa
jess atherly who just joined the force last year. most detailed report on the benghazi terror attack could be released today. they will deliver the assessment to the state department. the state department will make recommendations on improving security. secretary of state hillary clinton is not testifying as plant after fainting and suffering a concution . john kerry is apparent lein for the post. president obama will nominate septemberor john kerry as next secretary of state. susan rice, the un ambassador being considered but dropped out of the running after being critized after blaming the benghazi attack on a spontanous attack. a soldier touches down to see his new born baby girl enter into the world. sergeant karick had been away in stan stan. >> it was special and i can't explain it the timing was amazing and just being able to come home. >> i was thought daddy here's macy. they ran on to him and done bother. >> gretchen: the red cross arranged the flight. his daughter nine pound three ounces and joining twos and a brother. it is a great way to end the first flock when you see t
again with less than two weeks to go. >> and getting to the bottom of the benghazi fiasco. hearings set to start in a matter of hours from now. good morning you to. sorry about the singing this morning. welcome to "early start." >> it's 5:00 a.m. in the east. she's been singing all morning. we're going to begin with this storm. the cause behind all the singing. it is a big one. it is pounding the nation's midsection and threatening to derail holiday travel plans for millions of americans. what bad timing. a blizzard warning in effect for half a dozen states. colorado has already been clobbered at 156 mile stretch of interstate 70 had to be shut down in both directions yesterday. look at that. the storm is also hitting iowa hard overnight packing wind gusts over 50 miles an hour. the wind part of the real problem here. some places could see a foot of snow or more. emergency management officials as far north as wisconsin offering this advice to early christmas travelers. >> i think the first thing you should think about is changing your plans for thursday. >> you know, a lot of people get
of the year. hearings are being held today on the deadly of the attack on benghazi, libya. arguing whether more money would help keep american diplomats safe. >> if the state department intends to blame it is long string of failures on inadequate funding, then perhaps it should take a closer look at the money that is being lavished on global climate change, culinary diplomacy programs and other favored projects. in money could have been used for providing diplomatic security, including hiring additional personnel and providing them with adequate equipment and training. >> we're joined now by elise labott who covered all of these hearings. so what did you come away with? >> a couple of things, wolf. it's widely politicized. you heard elana. she doesn't even accept the report. she says the state department can't review itself because of its failures noted by the panel and she's looking for secretary of state clinton to testify in january. i also think that the state department officials, bill burns really contrite, what else can you do, wolf, with such a scathing report other than to say we
assessment of the state department and its failure to protect the u.s. consulate in benghazi. we're expecting to hear from a number of members of congress there in just a little while. our foreign affairs correspondent is also monitoring that and she'll get back to us with a report as events merit. >>> you have probably never heard of the office of congressional ethics. it's an office you should be concerned about because it's one of the most important watchdogs in washington. it investigates possible wrong doing by members of congress. now the office of congressional ethics is in danger of being eliminated. >> what is outrageous about it is you see members of congress on both sides saying they have zero tolerance for unethical contact conduct, but they are trying to kill the one body in congress that's trying to seriously go after unethical members. >> reporter: melanie sloan is the director of crew. she's talking about the office of congressional ethics, the only government body outside of the congress whose sole mandate is to look at members in congress. members of congress want the commit
in benghazi that killed u.s. ambassador christopher stevens and three other americans. an independent panel probing the incident found -- panel vice chair admiral mike mullen unveiled the report's conclusions wednesday. >> the board found the attacks in benghazi, libya, were security related. responsibility for the loss of life, the injuries and damage to u.s. facilities rests completely and solely with the terrorists who conducted the attacks. that does not mean there are not lessons to be learned. the board found the security posture of the special mission compound was inadequate for the threat environment in benghazi and in fact, grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place that night. >> among the issues cited in the report is the high turnover rate of your security staff, faulty security equipment, and the use of unreliable local militias. the report found certain senior state department officials -- they didn't recommend disciplinary action against any individuals. secretary of state hillary clinton has accepted all 29 of the panel's recommendations. dozens of protesters
in benghazi. an independent review releases a report on just what happened that night in libya and how it could have been prevented. >>> blizzard warning from denver to detroit a week before christmas. the storms bringing an unwelcome present to americans traveling home for the holidays. 50 mile per hour winds, a foot of snow. we're tracking the latest forecast. >>> plus this. >> with all this -- all the new, you know, talk of new legislation going on to assault rifles, i really -- you know, i definitely want to get a few more before, you know, something may happen. >> gun sales spike as gun control simmers. talk of new policy sends many americans on a shopping spree. ♪ where are those good old fashioned values, on which we used to rely ♪ >> "family guy" is back and we'll show you part of the episode that was canceled out of respect for the people of newtown, connecticut. newtown, connecticut. "newsroom" starts now. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good morning. thank you so much for joining us. i'm carol costello. first up, president obama and the first step toward new gu
the benghazi attack that left four americans dead. in the meantime, clare mccaskill came to the ambassador's defense. >> she had reviewed the dpeor foer going. >> on sunday shows and went well beyond the talking points, we have decimated al-qaeda, that was nowhere on the talking points, said things the attack was a result of a heinous and offensive video. said the security at our consulate and strong and significant. that is not in the talking points and frankly not supported by the record of what happened. >> the talking points came from the intelligence community. you don't hear one criticism of david petraeus. it was his shop that produced the talking points that susan rice talked about. is there a double standard here? it appears there is, very unfair one. >> gregg: last week rice met with members of the senate armed services committee to try to explain the situation. lindsay graham saying that ambassador rice did not help herself very much. >> heather: supporters of mohammed morsi staging a demonstration in washington, d.c. standing in front of the egyptian embassy armed with signs. o
. martha: a dire warning in the fight against al qaeda. ed the deadly attack in benghazi may be just the beginning. bill: there i severe weather out west. the latest storm toppling trees and knock out power to tens of thousands. good morning, every one. we had a lot of stormy weather outwest over the weekend. even earlier last week we saw torrential rainfall across portions of oregon and washington. we saw heavy rain and strong winds. some wind gusts for over 100 miles an hour. thankfully for today we do have a bit of a quieter weather a person in store for parts of california. we do have a return to that stormy weather as we head into late tonight and into wednesday. the ground saturated. in portions of oregon, the ground saturated. that mean bad news. right now again pretty quiet over portions of california, oregon and washington. we have flash flood watches across portions of oregon and california. locally higher amount across the higher elevations. basically as we get into tuesday and wednesday. more heavy rain and snow spreading as far east as portions of the northern rockies. b
on the failures leading up to the attack on benghazi. just a few hours before the hearing starts on the hill. >>> president obama and speaker boehner digging in their heels with a dozen days to go before we go over the fiscal cliff. >>> another day of painful goodbyes in newtown, connecticut. for the fourth straight day funerals of children gone far too soon. >>> among our guests this morning, we'll be talking to senator richard blumenthal, senator johnny isaacson, congressman peter king. it's thursday, december 20th, and "starting point" begins right now. >>> good morning, welcome, everybody. the first significant winter storm of the season is our starting point this morning. it threatens to derail some holiday travel plans for maybe millions of americans along with the snow. there's also a threat of tornados in the south. the governor of wisconsin has declared a state of emergency even before the storm hits. six states across the midwest are under blizzard warnings. the system stretches all the way from the great lakes to colorado. the rocky mountain state already taking a big beating. 156
benghazi attack in libya. following a concussion she sustained last week. the state department says clinton passed out and hit her head after being dehydrated from a stomach virus. she was expected to testify this thursday before congressional committees investigating to the deadly benghazi attacks on four americans. the house chairwoman made it clear she plans to ask women to testify at a different time. john kerry appears to be the next nominee to become the u.s. secretary of state. reportedly president obama will announce his nomination in the coming weeks. word of kerry's selection comes days after the previous front runner u.n. ambassador susan rice withdrew her name from consideration. if the nomination is confirmed by the senate, the 69-year-old would replace hillary clinton who plans to step down soon. >>> voters are heading to the polys to find out who will be the country's seventh prime minister in six years. the member is likely to be the next prime minister. tsunami politics likely to play a role in this nomination. >>> people in fiji are bracing themselves for cyclone e van. th
poorly ahead of the benghazi terror attack on 9/11 the state department told us last week they were all either gone or demoted. this is direct quote from spokeswoman victoria knew land. secretary clinton accepted eric boss equal's decision to resign as effective up immediately. the other three individuals have been relieved of their current duties. all four individuals have been placed on administrative leave pending further action. the "new york post" is reporting those folks are still on the state department payroll. eric boswell who they said resigned did not resign and all four will be back to work before too long. >> they just shifted the deck chairs and they want to make the american people believe that the state department has held people accountable for their lack of security and sending help to four brave americans. this is incredibly inept of the state department to think that it continue to fool the american public. pathetic. >> reporter: we've asked the state department about this and they have chosen so far not to clarify or deny any of it. keep in mind that right now, they
attack in benghazi injected foreign policy into the race. >> justice will be done. >> reporter: a week later, the campaign shifted again to the hidden cram ra video of romney's comments on the 47% and an instant obama attack ad. number four, among the year's biggest moments. >> there are 47% of him who are with him. >> reporter: the gop needed a breakout moment and got one at number three. the debates and president obama's lackluster performance in the first face-off put romney back in the hunt. the president would have to redeem himself and polls show that he did. >> i said if i got bin laden in our sights, i would take that shot. >> reporter: but at number two came the mother of october surprises. sandy. the devastating superstorm put much of the nation's focus on the president's handling of the crisis. and the high marks he received from a top romney surrogate, new jersey governor, chris christie. >> i can't thank the president enough for his personal concern and passion for our state. >> reporter: polls show the race moving towards the president who won handedly. >> this is he elec
on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. this morning, four officials at the state department have been relieved of their duties, including the head of diplomatic security, who resigned after an independent investigation found security in benghazi had been, quote, grossly inadequate. still, many republicans are calling for harsher punishments. and will be questioning state department officials on capitol hill today. >>> and one person has been killed, dozens injured, after a 35-vehicle highway pileup on new york's long island. police say a semi-truck which burst into flames, started that chain-reaction crash, leaving dozens of damaged cars and trucks scattered across the highway. hours later, the fire still burning. but the highway, finally reopened this morning. >>> and funerals will be held today for five more victims of the newtown school shooting. there was a stirring scene last night. the word hope, spelled out with candles, outside the wake of sandy hook elementary principal dawn hochsprung. and there was this. hundreds of firefighters standing at attention at the funeral of 7-yea
when it came under fire in benghazi, including our ambassador to libya, chris stevens. secretary of state hillary clinton created the independent review board, however, she will not be able to testify at the benghazi hearings later this week because of a concussion. let's talk about it all with steven yates a former deputy assistant for the vice president for national security affairs during the bush administration. steven, thank you for being with us today. >> glad to be with you, jon. jon: this independent advisory review board was appointed by the state department. does that mean it's controlled by the state department or does it live up to it's title of independence in. >> it's independent in the sense that it doesn't come within the bureaucracy. it will be former officials that guide the effort. it will be informed very much by sources within the bureaucracy itself. i think it's part of an effort to focus more on lower-level bureaucrat particular decisions and operational decisions and away from political and policy decision has fed into the controversy. jon: do you expect w
this morning from the deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. four officials resigned after the attack on four americans, chris stevens and three other americans. public hearings on the attack are scheduled to begin today. >>> coming up on the "morning news," surprising results. we'll tell you which cars got bad grades in the latest crash test. this is the "cbs morning news." e just the way i love it. how do you do that? well, inside the brewer, there's this train that's powerful enough to carry more coffee and fresh water to make coffee that's stronger and bigger... and even hotter! actually, i just press this button. brew the coffee you love -- stronger, bigger, or hotter -- with the keurig vue. she's not famous. ♪ she's never been on a red carpet. ♪ but she's the star of my life. [ female announcer ] kay jewelers presents a new collection from hollywood's premier jewelry designer -- neil lane designs. my designs are inspired by hollywood's glamorous past. [ female announcer ] hand-crafted diamond rings, earrings, and necklaces with a vintage look. at kay, the nu
of the department's top four security officials. the benghazi report noted that chronic budget pressure kept managers from spending money on needed security. in response, secretary clinton is asking congress for $1.4 iollion above the initial budget request for next year. senator john kerry chaired the hearing. >> congress also bears some responsibility here. congress has the power of the purse. we use it for any number of things, but it's our responsibility. >> reporter: kerry is the front- runner to replace clinton as secretary of state when she steps down next month. republican senator bob corker emphasized for him, it's not just a money issue. >> i'm just saying that the culture within the state department to me is one that needs to be transformed. this committee can help. elybe the next secretary of state can help. tht the fact is, there's a lot of work that needs to be done there. >> reporter: lawmakers confirm on whoecretary clinton who is at omme recovering from a concussion will testify herself in january. they also learned that the f.b.i. investigation into which terrorists carried
to close down the cia annex in benghazi? >> reporter: it's worth contrasting the status of the consulate with that. while the consulate site has never been secured, fox news is told that the cia annex in benghazi was shuttered by september 12th less than 24 hours after the attack. all classified information was removed or pwurpbld. burned. the decision to close down the annex same at 5:15 local time when the annex took fire from two mortars. the process began the night before after the consulate was attacked in the evening hours. the initial stages of the agency's proscribed evacuation kicked in as a cautionary step. once it was clear they could not sustain their position that was wrapped up and they were able to get everything out, classified information, either moved or destroyed by about 7:00am local time. so the contrast is that within hours the cia was able to close down their operation, and that consulate has never been secured by any u.s. personnel, jon. jon: and it's almost three months later and still all of these questions. >> reporter: that's correct, uh-huh. jon: thank you, c
a deadrly attack on benghazi, libya, hillary clinton will testify before congress. she will address findings on the september 11th attack that killed chris stevens and three other americans. the report sex peis expected as as next week. >>> a brief repeal for john mcafee until his immigration case is heard in court. he is recovering after an apparent collapse. authorities in belize want to question him about the shooting death of his neighbor. he went on the run but insisted he had nothing to do with it. >>> well, it started as a prank, really, one of the oldest radio tricks around. call someone, pretend you're someone else and hope your listeners get the joke and then you have a laugh but now apparently because of the prank someone is dead and the world is outraged. joining me now from london is matthew chance. matthew, good morning. the radio hosts responsible for this have taken themselves off the air. we're talking about the prank call to the duchess of cambridge, but the anger just keeps pouring in. >> it certainly does. a lot of the anger is directed towards that radio station in sydn
. september 11th in benghazi, libya. u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans killed in a terror attack on the u.s. diplomatic mission there. american officials first suggested it was spontaneous, sparked by a protest over a controversial anti-muslim film. the white house's handling of the attack became a political hot button. number eight. a political transition in north korea, but no freedom here in the kingdom. king jung-un took over for his father. the west hoped there would be change, but there wasn't. at year's eend it flexed its feck nulogical muscle with its first rocket launch successfully placing a rocket in orbit. number seven, brutality by police and private security was out in the open in south affcuruwhere the killing of minors was captured on cameras. they were protesting, demanding higher wages. the price they had to pay shocked the world. number six. ten more years. the communist party of china selected new leaders. the secretive process produced a new process an l.a. lakers fan married to a rock star. but china's foreign policies are likely to stay t
the world, this after the attack in benghazi, libya. >> we learned some very hard and painful lessons in benghazi, already acting on them. we have to do better. we owe it to our colleague who's lost their lives in benghazi and the security professionals who acted with such extraordinary heroism, that awful night to try and protect them, and we owe it to thousands of colleagues serving america with great dedication every day and diplomatic posts around the world. >> and they blame the state department for poor security at the u.s. consulate which left mour americans dead. >>> peter madoff sentenced to ten years for his role in helping his brother, bernie, cover up the most notorious ponzi scheme in history. as the existence of the ponzi scheme became obvious, peter helped his brother prepare more than $300 million worth of checks for family members and took out $200 grand in cash himself. >>> instagram heard the cry from users loud and clear and dropped its advertising plan that allowed them to use images in ads without compensating them. members were outraged that they could be used w
to first start with benghazi. do you see benghazi as being a turning point of sorts in both kpozing the failures of the obama administration and also kpozing the influence or the lack thereof of america globally? >> well it could well be. you look back on turning points at the moment they occur and realize what happened. the administration has not responded to the attacks. he has not brought the people involved in it to justice of any kind. we haven't retaliated. it is over three months when four americans were killed. i think the lack of response, the lack of interest by much of the mainstream media, the lack of debate about it in the presidential campaign certainly indicate an administration that is very comfortable without paying attention to events in the middle east in particular, comfortable with the prospect of american decline, and comfortable underplaying the continuing threat of international terrorism. and i find that very disturbing. heather: disturbing when we take a larger look at the big picture and some of the issues that we addressed when i was introducing you. long
to secretary graham talking about the secretary and the benghazi hearing. >> when her hearing date comes she should testify as current secretary of state. she should be asked, as far as i can tell there was no interview of her in preparing this report. she needs to be asked about what she knew about the deteor eighting circumstances in benghazi. >> we should say she did not appear because she is recovering from that concussion she took as a result of a fall. but have we seen the full fallout from benghazi yet? >> not yet. there's still areas that i'm sure congress is going to want to explore. and i think that senator graham sing correct, that secretary clinton should be asked questions that she apparently was not asked during the course of the investigation. and be held accountable for them. i think that she will be. i think she will testify very forthrightly and one of those issues where, you know, you said at the top of the department and not everything comes to your attention. what the report cited was xroes inadequacies in terms of leadership and management skills at that bureau level an
she made following the deadly terror attack in benghazi, libya that led to the deaths of four americans. the story she told after the 16th of september after looking at the intelligence does not go yell beyond the truth. >> and saying we have decimated al-qaeda, nowhere in the talking point and saying the attacks were direct result of a heinous video, that was not in the talking points. ambassador rice talked with the same senators and capitol hill, she admitted to releasing inaccurate information, but that admission failed to move the lawmakers who say she misled the american public. and what is the largest leak of u.s. intense, the trial of bradley manning pushed back from february to march. a military judge announcing that change today during a pre-trial hearing. the delay coming as manning's defense team tries to get it dismissed. he's 24 years old, accused of giving the website wikileaks hundreds of thousands of classified documents in 2010. he faces life in prison a string of charges including aiding the enemy. another man connected to that same scandal. the founder and
in benghazi, libya. secretary of state hillary clinton ordered the review. it precedes a classified briefing for congress on wednesday. secretary clinton will not testify, she suffered a concussion after a fall yesterday. >>> and in london, the duchess of cambridge attends her first public engagement since her pregnancy was announced this month. a spokesman says katherine is appearing at bbc sports personality of the year awards tonight. she was last seen december 6th, leaving the hospital after several days of treatment for acute morning sickness. >>> well phones and mobile devices may not be able to prevent what happened in newtown. but they can be used to help keep kids safe and let parents know when things go wrong. our technology reporter, lori siegel joining us now. lori, with the cell phone, kids can at least call 911 or their parents, let them know that they're okay. if they find themselves in situations like what happened in newtown. >> in these situations, they're horrific and technology can't stop this kind of thing from happening. that being said, it can help us connect a lot bet
in benghazi, libya that killed four americans including the u.s. ambassador. south africa says that former president nelson mandela underwent surgery for gallstones yesterday. the operation on the 94-year-old was described as successful. now today's weather, rain is likely east of the mississippi and along the west coast. there they are also bracing for snow. the week ahead will start with scattered storms, and will end with the official start of winter. ,,,,,,,, ,,,,,,,,,, >> osgood: friday's awful events in newtown, connecticut bring back some all too familiar questions. how could this have happened? and what can be done? here is martha tischner. >> caller is indicating that she thinks someone is shooting in the building. >> reporter: somehow the idea that little children had been shot made it worse. >> we heard a lot more than, the ambulance came, then the policemen told us to run out of the building and go to the fire department. >> reporter: elementary schools are supposed to be safe places. so how could 20-year-old adam lanza have entered this one in newtown, connecticut on friday mo
happened in benghazi. why were requests for security turned down in this dangerous situation? but that's not a political conspiracy. that's one of the things that happen in life. >> all right, so what is interesting about this, peter, is that obviously the white house is saying al qaeda is on the run. al qaeda doesn't really sort of exist except in these small pop-up groups. then, so that's kind of the heart of the issue, which is you can't say al qaeda doesn't exist and all of a sudden have an attack by al qaeda. but are you suggesting that the intelligence community did not brief the ambassador deliberately in order to continue working their sources, their intelligence? >> the intelligence community, according to reports of how they brief the intelligence committees about this matter, took out from the unclassified talking points that susan rice used, references to a particular group called ansar al sharia. it's not links to al qaeda, more inspired by al qaeda in libya. they took the talking points out because they didn't want to tip this group off that they were basically looking at
gives a scathing assessment of the state department's failure to protect the u.s. consulate in benghazi. watch what ranking member of the committee susan collins had to say. >> the terrorists essentially walked into the compound, virtually unimpeded, and set it ablaze due to extremely poor security, in a threat environment that the undersecretary of state, patrick kennedy himself, has conceded was flashing red. >> the committee also found the department relied too heavily on libyan security guards who were known to be unreliable. this report comes after a similar scathing assessment by an independent state department board which led to top security official and three others at the department stepping down. >> and a charter bus crashed in northern oregon killed nine people and injured least 26 more. the bus skidded on ice, crashed through a guardrail and tumbled several hundred feet down a steep e steep embankment. the driver hasn't spoken to authorities. he was severely injured in the crash. >>> the body of newtown school gunman adam lanza has been claimed by his father. connecticut's c
up for all americans. >> yeah. let me talk to you both about benghazi. an independent review found failures in leadership and management at the state department in terms of the attacks on benghazi and how it was handled and everything that followed as a result. do you think this will tarnish hillary clinton's reputation at all as she leaves the administration, maria? >> i don't think that it will, randi. you know, the secretary herself is the first one to say that the buck stops with her. she has taken full responsibility for this. the state department with her at the head of it has accepted all 29 recommendations that came out of this report. she understands that there have been failures and that things need to change. and she has been the first to say that. she is going to testify next month about this. she is never one to either go back on her responsibility or to shy away if responsibility and make sure that from here on in those recommendations are accepted and that we do everything that we can to make sure that this does not happen again. so i don't think this will tarnish he
the benghazi attack. secretary of state hillary clinton will testify at an open congressional hearing. her testimony will follow the release of a report by the state department's accountability review board. the state department has been under fire for its handling of the terror attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. >>> the syrian crisis could reach a new level. with concerns that the syrian regime could possibly use chemical weapons. we'll tell you how the u.s. is reacting. i plugged in snapshot, and 30 days later, i was saving big on car insurance. with snapshot, i knew what i could save before i switched to progressive. the better i drive, the more i save. i wish our company had something this cool. you're not filming this, are you? aw! camera shy. snapshot from progressive. test-drive snapshot before you switch. visit progressive.com today. >>> the fighting in syria is intensifying around the damascus airport. reuters reports the government still controls the airport, but rebels say they are blockading it from most sides. meanwhile, the international community is worried president ass
and the aftermath of the attacks on benghazi and libya that killed the ambassador there and several others. so she's come under fire because of the administration's response. we've seen many veteran senators very critical of her, including senators john mccain and lindsey graham. they will have much more on "the situation room" as this news is just coming out, what this means. let me get to the statement here, the statement from the white house. quote, i spoke to ambassador rice and accepted her decision to remove her name -- this is the president -- remove her name from consideration for secretary of state. it goes on. for two decades susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. as my ambassador to the united nations, she plays a role in american's interest. she has secured international support in sanctions against korea and stood up for sudan and stood for the human rights of all people. it goes on to say that he's very grateful that she will continue to serve as ambassador to the united nations. it's been widely known that she has been the topic.
by a fallen tree. >>> digging into benghazi. what state department officials said about mistakes made at a hearing this morning, looking into the deadliest it on the u.s. consulate in libya. ñ >>> the major indexes on the stark market all down slightly. uncertainty about the approaching fiscal cliff just days away was top on the mind of many traders. also at the forefront of many traders' minds was the news that euronex, the parent of the new york stock exchange, planned to sell itself to international continental exchange. that's an upstart and lesser- known exchange based in atlanta. right now euronex stock is up. >>> the number of americans filing for unemployment benefits rose. 365,000 filed for first-time benefits. that's 17,000 more than the week before. commits say that is still in the range that signals companies are not laying off enough people to increase the unemployment rate. but it's also a sign business is not creating enough jobs to you cut the jobless rate either. >>> 7:44. more funerals and memorial service today for the victims of the newtown, connecticut school sho
of congress attacked her response to the deadly attacks in benghazi. >>> and by nearly unanimous vote kerry and his fellow senators approved $60.4 billion in emergency funding for states affected by superstorm sandy. the house of representatives takes up the funding measure next week. >>> a former u.s. marine imprisoned in mexico for four months has been reunited with his family. john hammar was released yesterday, partly thanks to work from u.s. senator bill nelson. he was imprisoned on a questionable charge after police
on who is responsible for the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. the fbi repeatedly sent investigators to the scene. he could not elaborate. he vowed to follow recommendations from a review of the attack that killed four americans. >>> also in an interview, president obama discussed who he thinks is to blame for last minute negotiations ahead of the looming fiscal cliff. >> so far, at least, congress has not been able to get this stuff done. not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cocooperate, i think it's bn hard for speaker boehner and leader mcconnell to accept the fact taxes on wealthiest americans should go up. we have put forward not only a sensible deal, but one that has the support of the majority of the american people, including close to half of republicans. >> let's get to the strategy talk. a pleasure to welcome these two gentlemen. joe sestak and former republican congressman and chairman tom davis, thank you both for being here. >> i was talking to you all during the commercial break. you said if it was up to you two, what would you do.
. she may soon testify before congress on that attack in benghazi. >>> a story that got a lot of wows in the studio. "the l.a. times" says that the gun buyback program broke records. the big fish? a rocket launcher. two rocket launchers among more than 200 firearms pulled in. 22 pistols were taken from the trunk of one car. it got the driver $1,000 in fwroshry gift cards. >>> a case of man's best friend returning the favor. he fell through the ice in lake erie. his owner's kous you know put on waders and tried to save him. he fell through the ice too. but he couldn't leave bart's side. >> i was talking to him, trying to keep him warm, rub him, and try to get some blood flowing through hid body. and i looked, what it was my dog? i would hope somebody would try to do something. >> imagine this. they spent 90 minutes in the frigid water before rescuers arrived. bart was cold, but otherwise okay. >>> heartache spans two continents as russia's president signs that bill will keep american parents from adopting russian children in need of a family. dozens of current adoptions stopped in thei
. and this president is committed to just that. but the other topics -- benghazi. the state department said secretary clinton received the report from the review board. can you give us the idea of when you expect the president may receive that and what kind of action the white house may take to prevent another terror event? >> i don't have a timetable for you in terms of that process, when the report moves from the state department. the president has looked forward to the review board to work as he looks forward to the completion of the investigation by the fbi. so it is hard to say what action he will take because we have not seen the reports. >> the fbi is still investigating as well. do you have any sense the last time the president got an update from the fbi as to where their investigation of benghazi stance. also, secretary clinton has been ill obviously and no one would expect to testify right now but is the administration committed to have her testify before she leaves office? >> i would ask the state department about her schedule and her illness that she is dealing with. but i certainly am no
in benghazi. it was involved in attacks and planned attacks in europe. a lot of people forget they tried, actually in the 1990s to fly a plane in the eiffel tower much like what happened in new york on 9/11. so it's a very, virulent group that certainly threatens us and our allies. jenna: your expertise on this, peter, what do you think about our military intervention? we'll explain what that means in a moment. what do you think about us getting involved here? is this a good decision now with the tiling? what your thoughts? >> we need to recognize the threat and we need to prepare to do something but we need to really prepare the terrain. i'm very concerned that we're rushing into something that's very half-baked. the african force that is talked about is a little over 3300 men. which is a laughable amount when you're talking about an area the size of texas. it is not a serious force. so they need our help. they need some training but they're not adequate. so until there's really commitment to put a force in there, that can actually do something, we run the risk of jumping into something
in benghazi libya. the u.s. ambassador and three others were killed. the report slammed the state department for what it called systemic failures leading up to the attack. four senior level state department officials took the hit. one resigned, the other three put on administrative leave. how does this whole thing affect her legacy especially if she decides to run for president in 2016? allen lichtman joins us. the board did not blame the secretary but made clear there were problems high up at the state department. pretty damning. what's the impact on secretary clinton? >> pretty damning. to paraphrase harry truman, when you lead an organization like this in government, you're riding the tiger. well, the tiger didn't quite devour her but it took quite a bite out of her. can she recover before 2016? absolutely yes. this is not chap quick dick where the blame for a death seemed to fall squarely on senator kennedy. and really he never could recover from that. here the blame is spread far and wide. the commission did not pinpoint hillary clinton, and of course, the blame also falls on members of
of subjects here and that one, thankfully turned out well. let's turn now to benghazi because you are very involved in this. an independent investigation, i know you read it, produced this blisser iting report what they refer to as systemic failures in the very department that is headed by hillary clinton. apparently the state department and, you read through this report, they were utterly clueless about the threats and dangers in libya. how much plame rests on the shoulders of hillary clinton? what do you want to hear from her when she finally testifies? >> well of course the blame is on the libyan terrorists and we don't want to minimize that but when it comes to the things we can control, our own government i think the state department and the obama administration as a whole must be made accountable. this was a terrorist attack that where four americans diplomats were murdered. gregg: should she want to know, should she have been involved in security? >> not only should she have known, i want to know why in the seven hours that this firefight took place why did this accountability revie
.s. consulate in benghazi that killed a u.s.word and three -- u.s. ambassador and three other americans. u.s. ambassador susan rice first attributed it to a spontaneous uprising about an anti-muslim film. that turned out to be false, and now congressional leaders in both parties are demanding answers. and likely the most scandalous incident of the year throwing america's national security into crisis, former cia director david petraeus stepping down over an affair with his biographer, paula broadwell. it's later revealed that the top u.s. general in afghanistan, john allen, is under investigation for inappropriate communication with socialite jill kelley. but the intermingling doesn't stop there. the fbi agent who began this entire investigation is himself accused of sending this picture to kelley. he later says it was e-mailed as a joke. yes, 2012 was the year falling for grace for many of these personalities, and in the digital world we all live in, the question for 2013 is not so much what the next scandal will be, but when will it hit and who's in the headlines. in new york, i'm arthel
inchbored inch bureau after christmas. >> our ambassador who died in benghazi tragically was communicating with you. he was communicating information to you. it's a great loss that he's not with us. what was he able to tell you? >> he was purchase furnishing us information that he was able to extract from bits and pieces that was scattered all over the offices, and as he gathered this information he would make it a point to get a hold of one of us in the organization of the families that have stuck together, and we would relay that information on. possibly what we were looking for was who else was involved in the downing of pan am 103, was assad, the iranian government? we know that they at one time were very much involved, but to what degree we can't tell you, we don't know and i don't think i want to speculate. jaime: well, stan, the thing is, the lone bomber got a hero's welcome when he returned, and he's now died. do you still believe that there were other people responsible? >> well i think that they provided -- they provided information as if they were to cooperate toward the bombing
kimmed in benghazi happen? >> senator mark warner says republicans and democrats should stop fighting and focus on making sure state department employees around the world are properly protected. >>> a high ranking leader of al qaeda in iraq has been arrested in northern baghdad. two senior security officials would only reveal it's a senior leader of the group, and are not revealing his name for security reasons. >>> do you think your morning commute is rough? check this out. >> man. >> 125 mile long traffic jam between moscow and st. petersburg. russia this weekend, imagine this, something like dense fog after days of heavy snow. to slow things down. to a super crawl. in some places, two feet of snow has fallen since friday. >> good times. >> got to go to the bathroom. what do you do? >> persistent cough is keeping former president george h.w. bush hospitalized in texas this morning. the 88-year-old bush has been in and out of the hospital for nearly a month after coming down with a case of bronchitis. no discharge date has been announced just yet. >>> thousands of schoolchildren in t
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